For faculty and staff

Once we return, the campus experience will be different than it was before the COVID-19 crisis. Many details have been worked out, and many are still to come. We appreciate the input we have received from students, families, faculty and staff so far and it continues to help shape planning efforts. Returning to campus will be in phases and the plans follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, city and VCU Health guidance. To be together means we are responsible together.

Employee responsibilities

When we return, things will look and feel different as we take necessary steps to protect the well-being of our community. Before returning, you will complete the employee training, and acknowledge successful training completion and personal compliance with safety protocols. Managers will complete an additional training. Employees will sign attestation indicating training completion and personal compliance with safety protocols. Managers will sign an additional attestation indicating training completion and compliance with safety protocols. 

Here is what is expected of you:

  1. Monitor your health daily. Testing will occur according to protocols.
  2. Wear a face covering or mask in common areas.
  3. Apply physical distance guidelines to all settings.
  4. Clean and disinfect personal and shared spaces before and after use. Cleaning supplies will be available in numerous locations.
  5. Report symptoms associated with COVID-19 to VCU Employee Health Services. A call center hotline will be available later in the summer.
  6. Employees who continue to telework will check in with managers regularly and provide ongoing reports/outcomes.
  7. Use leave for any periods with no work. Employees unable to work on-campus or continue working from home must take leave. Once leave balances are depleted, employees may take leave without pay (not to exceed one month).

Follow safety protocols including those regarding face coverings and masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and physical distancing. Employees will receive reminders for daily health monitoring. Managers will be notified after repeated non-compliance. Disciplinary action for employees up to and including termination will be used for a failure to comply with rules.

VCU Return to Campus plan

See additional details about VCU's strategy for reopening in our Return to Campus plan.

Changes to fall semester calendar

VCU's fall semester will now run from Aug. 17 to Nov. 24, with no fall break or reading days included. Final exams will be conducted remotely after the Thanksgiving holiday — from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 for those on the MCV Campus, and from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 for Monroe Park Campus students. Note: Health sciences and other students may be returning after Thanksgiving to resume their clinical placements and similar activities to which they are committed. This change necessarily affects Commencement, originally scheduled for Dec. 12. We will evaluate guidance on larger gatherings over the next several months and explore how we will recognize the full Class of 2020. More information about the academic calendar will be shared later this summer.

These changes, based on recommendations from public health experts, are designed to reduce the amount of travel to and from campus, and to help avoid the height of flu season.

Additional details and information

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